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Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!
The Film: 'The 39 Steps' (1935), Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: As a young movie buff, Alfred Hitchcock was the first "classic" director to resonate with me. I devoured 'Psycho,' 'The Birds,' 'North By Northwest,' 'Rear Window,' 'Vertigo' and countless others and to this day, »
- Jacob Hall
Fresh off his sure to be Academy Award-nominated role in The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg has chosen the indie comedy Free Samples as his next project. TheWrap reports Eisenberg will star alongside Jess Weixler (Teeth), Jason Ritter (The Event), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Halley Feiffer (The Messenger), Keir O’Donnell (When in Rome), Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil), and Matt Walsh (The Hangover). Hit the jump for more on the project.
From director Jay Gammill (Hello, My Name is Charlie), the film centers on a law school dropout, played by Weixler, who fills in as a food server on a friend’s food truck. Stuck in a frustrating job, the girl finds herself being courted by Eisenberg’s character. In what’s described more as a supporting role, Eisenberg plays a young man who the girl barely remembers from the night before. The flick gets its title from »
- Adam Chitwood
By Terry Keefe
Leslie Iwerks’ grandfather, Ub Iwerks, was the co-creator and designer of Mickey Mouse, as well as the pioneer of numerous special effects processes, and this lineage gave the Santa Monica-based filmmaker a pretty unique perspective on the subjects of her 2008 Emmy-nominated documentary The Pixar Story, as well as those of her just-finished doc, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, which premiered on Starz/Encore last month. Ilm and Pixar picked up the FX and animation baton, created in part by Ub Iwerks, and launched it into hyperspace. Between the Ilm and Pixar docs, and her first documentary, focused on the life of her grandfather, The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story, Leslie Iwerks has authored a significant history of the animation and effects in the American film industry.
(Leslie Iwerks, above.)
Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible recounts the story of the legendary special effects house, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Many holiday shoppers have been busy with Black Friday and planning for the upcoming Cyber Monday sales. That got us thinking about the master himself Alfred Hitchcock. Why you ask? Well aside from the fact that shopping around humans this time of year could make anyone go psycho, but mostly because just last month the 50th Anniversary Edition of his masterpiece Psycho was released onto Blu-ray. If you are shopping for a family member that happens to be a horror fan and don't know what to get them, well that title should be at the top of your list.
Psycho is explained as "one of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is now available on Blu-ray featuring perfect picture, a newly created 5.1 audio track and bonus features that take you beyond the movie! Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting »
Summary: Although it’s hard to follow in parts, 'Double Take' is terrifically smart and appropriately wry--and elicits more than a few goosebumps.
Johan Grimonprez blends satire, capitalism, and history in Double Take, his examination on society’s dualities and the life and work of Alfred Hitchcock. One man alone cannot properly tell this story—and so it is that Grimonprez tracks down Ron Burrage, a famous Hitchcock lookalike in his twilight years, and voice artist Mark Perry. The film cuts between Burrage’s TV gigs and a fictional account by novelist Tom McCarthy, in which Hitchcock encounters his older self on the set of The Birds in 1962. “If you meet your double,” Hitchcock intones, “you should kill him.” He and his shadowy doppelganger regard each other with a mixture of revulsion and confusion, both knowing how the encounter must end.
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- Natalie Zutter
Naomi Watts hopes she can star in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. The Australian actress reveals plans are afoot for a remake of the project, but no script has currently been written for her to sign up to. She said: ''It sounded like a good idea, but the script's not there yet. I'd love to have been a Hitchcock blonde. ''A few directors I've worked with have been heavily influenced by Hitchcock, so I feel like I've gotten close.'' The 42-year-old beauty - who is in a long-term relationship with fellow Hollywood star Liev Schreiber - also reveals her portrayal .. »
A New poster and cast details have been unveiled for star-studded horror comedy Room and Board.
Several of the actors gathered for a photo over Halloween weekend and that picture is included below, along with new teaser poster that's been sent over to us.
Durning and Reynolds previously appeared together in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Hedren is perhaps most famous for her role in Hitchcock's The Birds and has dozens of credits to her name since that 1963 classic, while Kane Hodder played Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th sequels.
Goss, a former member of 80s pop band Bros, is known to sci-fi/fantasy fans »
- David Bentley
The supernatural is back. After taking a break while torture-porn pulled teeth, last year’s underperformance of Saw VI and box-office triumph of Paranormal Activity heralded a return to the humble haunted house. With this year’s The Last Exorcism and Paranormal Activity 2 pitting ordinary families against supernatural forces, the scene is set for 2011.
Having already put one unsuspecting family to the test in Wes Craven remake Last House on the Left, Dennis Iliadis is in negotiations to direct Silver Pictures’ new film The Demonologists. While Last House subjected familial normality to rape and murder, The Demonologists will pit a family of veteran ghost hunters against a vengeful demonic infestation – driving yet another decent household to violent acts.
The Demonologists looks to either forfeit or »
- Steven Neish
Dennis Iliadis is in negotiations to direct a supernatural film called, “The Demonologists.” The movie is about a group of ghost hunters on a routine ghost job, but encountered demons instead. The script is written by Teddy Tenenbaum, who also had numerous writing credits with “Ghost Whisperer” with Jennifer Love Hewitt. La Times claimed “The Demonologists” shares some thematic similarities with “The Last House on the Left” over what happened with a good family driven into violent acts. Iliadis is also in consideration to direct the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Gig Patta’s Take: Dennis Iliadis did a fine job with the remake of “The Last House on the Left.” If “The Demonologists” would be similar to his last movie, then it should be as good. I would like to see a “Ghost Hunter” episode gone wrong. What do you think of Dennis Iliadis directing “The Demonologists? »
Director Dennis Iliadis (Last House on the Left) has signed on to direct The Demonologists. The film tells the story of “a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation.” The film will be written by Teddy Tenenbaum, whose previous credits include a few episodes for the television series Ghost Whisperer and Dead Zone. Hit the jump to read about Iliadis possibly directing a remake of The Birds.
According to 24 Frames, Iliadis is also being considered for the Platinum Dunes remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds. This is one of those projects which I feel I’ve been reading about for years now. At one point, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) was going to direct the film with Naomi Watts attached to star. That film never materialized. »
- Ramses Flores
The Birds (1963) gets the prequel we definitely needed...
The Birds (The Prequel) from NYSUfilms on Vimeo.
... because everyone hates movies without exposition / backstory. [/sarcasm] I love the gentle spoofing of our modern need for all mystery to be explained to us "We had no answer... until now". Ha!
Apparently this prequel trailer for Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds is a year old. But I'm just seeing it now thanks to @mattriviera and @mattzollerseitz so it's new to @me... and a delightful start to my morning it was, too. Good morning!
- NATHANIEL R
James Nguyen’s Birdemic: Shock And Terror has been mentioned in the same breath as Plan 9 From Outer Space and Troll 2. A “romantic thriller” homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, the film was a cult success, and now—surprise! surprise!—news has hit the web saying that there will be a sequel. And, of course, it’s gonna be in 3-D! »
- email@example.com (Allan Dart)
Few would disagree that Alfred Hitchcock was a master film-maker, but the female characters in his films range from stupid to cunning to traitorous, complains Bidisha
Alfred Hitchcock, what a ladykiller. There he is, lurking with rotund grandeur at the very forefront of film greatness, like an over-zealous restaurant manager in a PG Wodehouse novel. There are lots of reasons to love Hitchcock, of course: the style, the guile, the pace, the pitch – I realised that afresh when watching a box set of all his films, in preparation for a talk at the Southbank Centre on Sunday. Hitch knows how to frame a shot. But when it comes to the ladies, it's slim pickings. Indeed that is literally what his women do: pick their way slimly through a range of awful experiences and deceitful pathologies so extreme you'd be howling with laughter, were the art of cinema not so very serious. »
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Alfred Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection. Included in the box set are 14 classic Hitchock films for $51.00 (almost 60% off). Included are:
Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972), Family Plot (1976)
While I always recommend Blu-ray over DVD, if you’ve never seen any of these classic films, this box set is an awesome way to start. Hit the jump for more details but remember Amazon’s Gold Box Deal’s are only for one day.
–All 14 films are digitally re-mastered.
–All-new bonus disc showcases Hitchcock’s films, career and legacy.
–Ultra-premium velvet packaging
–36-page collectible book
–14 documentaries and 9 featurettes, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Reading your comments on Monday’s post about classic beauty of the '50s and '60s sent me on an entirely too long web journey of the era, mostly looking at pictures of beautiful women. But such journeys have rewards, and I want to share one in particular with you: a PopBytes post about Tippi Hedren.
She was unknown at the time, a fashion model in New York. But Hitch saw something in Hedren that prompted him to debut her in the lead role in The Birds. He raved about her talent at every opportunity.
“Tippi has a faster tempo, city glibness, more humor [than Grace Kelly],” he told Look magazine. “She displayed jaunty assuredness, pertness, an attractive throw of the head. »
- the linster
The career of actor Joe Mantell, who has died aged 94, could be said to have existed between two memorable lines of dialogue in two movies almost 20 years apart. Neither are great lines in themselves, but the way Mantell delivers them, and their importance as part of the ethos of the two contrasting films, allowed them entry into the lexicon of popular culture. In Marty (1955), Mantell, as Angie, keeps asking his best friend, Marty (Oscar-winning Ernest Borgnine) in a broad Brooklyn accent: "Well, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" only to get the reply: "I don't know, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" and so on. This riff was picked up by a generation.
- Ronald Bergan
Filmmaker and cinematographer Haskell Wexler.
Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976). He also shot much of Days of Heaven (1978), for which credited director of photography Nestor Almendros -- who was losing his eye-sight, won a Best Cinematography Oscar. In 1993, Wexler was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the cinematographer's guild, the American Society of Cinematographers. He has received five Oscar nominations for his cinematography, in total, plus one Emmy Award in a career that has spanned six decades.
Born in Chicago to a wealthy family on February 6, 1922, Wexler cut his teeth shooting industrial films, TV commercials and documentaries. He »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Oscar-nominated actor Joe Mantell, who co-starred in "Marty" and delivered one of the most famous lines in "Chinatown," died Sept. 29 at the Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles following a lone illness. He was 94.
Mantell was a character actor with more than 70 film and TV credits who received an Oscar nom for his performance as Angie, the best friend of Ernest Borgnine in "Marty" (1955). His oft-repeated line to his sad-sack friend -- "Well, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" -- was one of the most memorable lines in the film, which won the Academy Award for best picture.
Mantell again became a part of movie lore in "Chinatown" (1974) in which he played the partner of Jack Nicholson's detective character, J.J. Gittes. Mantell spoke the film's famous last line: "Forget it, »
We know it's October when horror viewing options on TV explode many-fold all of a sudden, and we here at Dread Central have your hook-up for what's available.
In addition to new episodes of "Supernatural" and "Dexter" this weekend, you can catch horror television of all sorts -- all the way from Alfred Hitchcock classics to decent remakes and some great originals.
But before you leave your computer, make sure to watch the first three episodes of "Camera Obscura".
On top of that, if you are on Netflix, The Foywonder had made it easy for you to browse through his insanely Massive List of New Netflix Instant Streaming Horror Titles.
Notable Horror on TV This Weekend
Friday 8pm ActionMax
Saturday 12:50 pm Cinemax
Friday the 13th (2009) (review) Friday 8:00 pm
Christine Friday 8:00 pm
The Vanishing (1993) Friday 8:35 pm
Starz in Black
Quarantine (page) Friday 9: »
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
They were spoken by veteran actor Joe Mantell, whose career spanned 40 years before he passed on at age 94 in California today after a long illness.
Mantell also appeared in Hitchcock's The Birds and the film Marty, which won the 1995 Oscar for Best Picture. Rip Joe Mantell. With this and the passing of Tony Curtis, it's a shitty day for old Hollywood. Droppin' like flies.
Soon all we'll have left are the Kardashians. Bleak!
- Anna Breslaw
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